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3 April 2014

James Mercer delivers a round-up of the latest developments in Sky Bet League One

With the Gills having not played last weekend and several teams competing twice in four days, James Mercer guides us through the latest results in Sky Bet League One.

Wolves remain six points clear at the top of the table despite a 0-0 draw away at Stevenage in their Tuesday night clash.

Wolves went into the game after a victory on Saturday where they beat MK Dons 1-0 courtesy of academy graduate Liam McAlinden’s header, however they were unable to take all three points from Broadfield Stadium as Graham Westley’s side put themselves a point closer to safety.

Three days prior they had drawn again, this time against Port Vale where the score ended 1-1. Peter Hartley able to convert a cross from former Gills player Luke Freeman.

Brentford were involved in two games in four days as they faced Sheffield United in their midweek fixture. The Bees, who sit in second place in Sky Bet League One, had to settle for a point in their 0-0 draw at Bramall Lane.

The only exciting moment came when referee, Eddie Ilderton, controversially changed his mind after sending off United’s Kieran Freeman, before consulting his linesman and rescinding the card and ordering a drop ball.

In their Saturday fixture Brentford faced Oldham Athletic and were held to another 0-0 draw. Sheffield United suffered a defeat in their weekend game as they lost away at Swindon’s County Ground following a late winner from Louis Thompson.

A defeat for Leyton Orient on Saturday left their hopes of automatic promotion unlikely, as mid-table Bradford City took all three points courtesy of an Aaron McLean second half goal.

Rotherham continued their good form with a 2-1 victory at home to Bristol City. Full back James Tavernier bagged himself two goals to see off Steve Cotterill's whose only goal of the game came from Wade Elliot.

Preston secured a home win and look certain to secure a play-off spot, needing one more point from their remaining six games.

Top scorer Joe Garner scored the only goal of the game at Deepdale as they saw off Crawley. 

Despite Crawley’s defeat on Saturday they went into their Tuesday night fixture looking for a win as they faced Port Vale, and looked on course for a valuable three points when they took the lead through Billy Clarke, only to be cancelled out by Vale’s two second half goals.

As a result the Red Devils suffered back to back defeats. 

Peterborough went into their Wednesday night fixture against struggling Colchester on the back of winning the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Wembley on Sunday.

The Posh took twenty-six minutes to take the lead when Tommy Rowe headed a Grant McCann cross into the net. Colchester, who are just three points above the relegation zone, haven’t won in their last four games and they rarely threatened; Freddy Sears having the only chance when his shot was blocked.

Peterborough added another goal courtesy of Britt Assombalonga as he won the ball and calmly slotted the ball past keeper Sam Walker. That 2-0 win puts them four points clear of the chasing pack as they look to claim the last play-off spot.   

Swindon secured all three points on Saturday, thanks to a last minute winner at home to Sheffield United. The Robins took the lead when Miles Storey fired home before the visitors equalised through Michael Doyle after converting from close range.

The home side waited until the last minute to clinch all three points as Thompson scored late on to seal a 2-1 win.

An early goal from Craig Westcarr gave Walsall a vital home win against relegation threatened Shrewsbury.

The fiery game saw two red cards with Joseph Mills seeing red for a tackle on Walsall’s Adam Chambers. Goal scorer Westcarr was then given a red card following a clash with Sam Foley shortly after.

The win for Walsall keeps them in contention for the last play-off spot, whereas Shrewsbury look set for a relegation battle.

Port Vale went into their mid-week fixture against Crawley on the back of a 1-1 draw with bottom side Stevenage. The Valiants came from behind to win the game with goals from Billy Knott and Captain Doug Loft.

Coventry took all three points against strugglers Crewe Alexandra at the weekend thanks to a brace from top-scorer Callum Wilson.

The Sky Blues went into their mid-week fixture against Bradford looking for back-to- back wins, the game ended in a 0-0 draw as both sides cancelled each other out at Sixfields. 

Notts County grabbed a chance to move out of the League One relegation zone with a 2-0 win over Colchester. Ronan Murray gave County the lead just five minutes into the game and Haydn Hollis added a second just before half time.

Tranmere and Carlisle remain in a relegation fight as they played out a goalless draw at Prenton Park. Carlisle’s Jordan Pickford kept the home side at bay as he denied Tranmere top scorer Ryan Lowe. Gary Madine missed the away side’s best chance as his shot was easily saved.

Both teams sit on forty points having played the same amount of games.

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